Published Sep 09, 2019Brooklyn-based Octo Octa, otherwise known as Maya Bouldry-Morrison, follows the optimism of her For Lovers EP with introspective full-length, Resonant Body. Her most spiritual effort yet, these tracks were recorded in isolation in a cabin in New Hampshire, and attempt to channel the ritualistic period of seclusion during which they were produced.
Leaning most heavily into breaks, the record touches on acid and techno foundations as it drives the listener through a series of personal meditations, told by dance music. Across the record, Bouldry-Morrison incorporates numerous messages to address the listener in an effort to conceptually embrace the conversational spirit of the dance floor between DJ and club-goers. The result is a listening experience that demonstrates a capacity for intimacy, but more often acts as an intermission or interruption to an otherwise steady pace.
Drawing on similar themes of unity and creating a communal space on the dance floor, Bouldry-Morrison's third studio album showcases a distinct maturation in production values. Resonant Body successfully weaves its conceptual theme through the foundations of dance heritage, and distinguishes itself in the context of Bouldry-Morrison's body of work. A laudable effort, 50 percent of profits from the album will be donated to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), which works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine their gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination, or violence. (T4T LUV NRG)